There are many types of industries in which hiring independent contractors is a big part of a company’s business model. There are some benefits to working with independent contractors, but as with any type of hiring practice, it’s important to make sure you abide by all the federal and territorial rules and plan out the hiring in a way that protects your company.

With this in mind, here are some tips for hiring independent contractors to your company.


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In what labor and employment lawyers, legal scholars, and union officials are calling a ground-breaking case, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has for the first-time filed a complaint to protect the rights of employees to express their opinions, with co-workers, about supervisors and employers on social network sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. The NLRB’s complaint specifically argues that a company cannot fire an employee for criticizing a supervisor online to co-workers.


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